As both producers and audiences have opened up more and more cross-pollination between sounds in recent years, the possibilities for the album format have become endless in electronic music. And the results in 2018 have been pretty astounding.
From harrowing bass music, dissonant IDM, pulsing electro, engulfing jungle, bubbling ambient and beyond, the year has seen a raft of more esoteric works garner widespread acclaim.
1. Future Sound Of London ‘Papa New Guinea’
“One of my first exposures to beautiful rave- influenced ambient electronic experiments as part of the ‘Lifeforms’ album. It was a signpost for what could be done.”
2. Philip Glass ‘Glassworks Opening’
“Loopy hypnotic piano, almost like techno, and part of the first ‘minimal’ genre — long before electronic music created its own. This also led me onto [the documentary] Koyaanisqatsi, which was a huge influence on my visual projects.”
Arcadia London has locked-in Matador, Max Cooper, Paul Woolford, Norman 'Mister Good Times' Jay, Digital Mystikz Coki & Mala, DJ Vadim, Ed Solo, and Serial Killaz, to complete the line-up for its two day 10th Anniversary event in the UK capital, which takes place on 5th and 6th May, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Brand new festival Nova Batida has revealed the first phase of the line-up for its debut edition, taking place 14th-16th September in Lisbon.
Put together by veteran promoters Soundcrash, the three-day event will feature Mount Kimbie, Gilles Peterson, Max Cooper, George Fitzgerald, Maribou State, Connie Constance, Owiny Sigoma Sound System and more.
The festival will be spread across two venues, the LX Factory, a converted factory turned creative hub comprising warehouses, roof terraces, bars and fashion outlets; and Village Underground Lisboa, a disused tram terminus.
Nicolas Bougaïeff rolls out a seamless hour of heady techno for our Fresh Kicks mix series.
The Berlin-based artist knows more about minimal techno than most people — and he can prove it! Originally from Quebec, Canada, Bougaïeff has a doctorate in the subject, obtained from the university of Huddersfield.
He’s skilled in the production department too, with his 2017 ‘Cognitive Resonance’ single re-launching the legendary NovaMute label, and a collaboration with another techno brainbox, Max Cooper, landing on Traum Schallplatten.
Following the success of 'Powers of Ten', Stephan Bodzin’s most profound full-length album to date, the German producer has invited a star-studded group of artists to remix a selection of the LP’s signature tracks.
Swedish producer Adam Beyer and guests from his 'Drumcode' label are set to bring their dose of techno to Tobacco Dock (London) for a Halloween extravaganza on 1st November – it's sold out but we have two tickets to give away!
Paired with Dutch promoters Awakenings, Drumcode Halloween boasts a talented lineup of DJs who are set to highlight the unforgettable night with their techno beats.
Max Cooper is one of the cleverest DJ/producers working in the industry today. He has a PhD in genetics, but has instead decided to make his way in electronic music.
He hasn't been averse, however, to using his scientific background to create his intricate tapestries of sound. His 'Serie' EPs for Traum Schallplatten were themed around different scientific concepts, and now his debut album — 'Human' — really showcases the depth of his talent.